Home Movies Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Albert Brooks, Jessica Chastain Win NY Film Critics

The New York Film Critics Circle has chosen Brad Pitt for Best Actor in “Moneyball” and “Tree of Life,” Meryl Streep for Best actress in “The Iron Lady,” Albert Brooks for “Drive” Best Supporting Actor, Jessica Chastain for Best Supporting Actress for three movies: “The Help,” “The Tree of Life,” and “Take Shelter.” JC Chandor’s “Margin Call” is Best First Feature. Werner Herzog’s “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” is best non fiction film. “Separation” from Sony Pictures Classics is Best Foreign Film.

“Margin Call” beat Sean Durkin’s much loved “Martha Marcy May Marlene” with Elizabeth Olsen in that category.

The NYFCC  is voting right now for its annual awards. The Critics organization had planned to vote yesterday but had to put it off so they could see David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” a late entry. One movie for this season, Stephen Daldry’s “Extremely Close and Incredibly Loud,” was skipped entirely because it wasn’t ready. Even so, not all the critics in the group had a chance to see Angelina Jolie’s debut as a director, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” set in Bosnia. The group’s voting goes on for a few hours beginning at 9:30am, with results coming intermittently. Check here and check our Twitter feed–@showbiz411–to see what the heck is going on.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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